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bahrain, or the u.s.-backed monarchy continues to crack down on pro- democracy activists. all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. republican senator lindsey graham has revealed he says the death toll in u.s. drone war overseas. at a speech in south carolina wednesday night, he said -- his comments mark the first time a u.s. official has offered a figure for those killed in nearly a decade of u.s. drone strikes abroad. the 4700 figure matches the high end of an estimate by the bureau of investigative journalism, which extensively has covered the strikes. the news comes as the obama administration continues to stonewall members of congress on fully releasing the justice department memos explaining the legal rationale for targeted killings overseas. the white house agreed to a least partially disclose the memos earlier this month after a senate uproar amid the conformation hearings for cia nominee john brennan. but the new york times reports the administration has adopted a strategy of continuing to de
. the u.s. trade gap narrows as the world buys more made in america products and the u.s. buys less foreign oil. >> susie: and with gas prices rising, chevy hopes its new diesel chevy cruze will attract buyers looking for more miles per gallon. >> tom: that and more tonight on "n.b.r." >> susie: millions of people are bracing tonight for a powerful snow storm that could cripple the east coast. some forecasters say this could be the blizzard of the century with record amounts of snow and extremely strong winds. in parts of the northeast, transportation was shut down. the governors of massachusetts and connecticut declared a state of emergency and banned car travel, train service and cancelled flights in and out of boston. while the worst of the storm has yet to hit, many businesses and cities were busy making preparations today. erika miller reports. >> reporter: this monstrous storm is already being compared to the great blizzard of '78, when vast amounts of snow blanketed the ohio valley and the great lakes. that storm lasted 36 hours, leaving cars stranded. this storm could also b
-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> long road ahead. authorities in the u.s. investigate the dreamliner and find its batteries could keep it on the ground for some time to come. u.s. transportation investigators have cast doubt on a quick fix for the problems facing the dreamliner. they say regulators need to rethink their approval of batteries used in the boeing 787. officials from a number of agencies are looking into a string of safety incidents. debra hersman chaired the u.s. national transportation safety board. she said a lithium ion battery sparked a fire on a jet in boston. >> this investigation has demonstrated that a short circuit in a single cell can propagate to adjacent cells and result in smoke and fire. >> engineers packaged eight cells together in designing the battery system for the dreamliner. hersman said they didn't place them far enough apart so trouble in one could affect the others. they have not determined why the batteries short circuiteded. another battery fire forced the pilot of an all nipon airways pilot to make an emergency landing in japan.
this morning. explosion outside of the u.s. embassy. taken place in ankara, turkey. reported just minutes ago. at this hour, we are hearing that several people have been hurt. we'll bring you to the pentagon for the latest on this story, just ahead. >>> also breaking news ahead. the former mayor of new york, ed koch has died. he was 88 years old. a look at his legacy this morning. a controversial, combative, confrontational and brash mayor, and the people of new york city loved him. we'll tell you about that, straight ahead. christine. >>> and the first jobs report of 2013 released in an hour and a half. the numbers for you, what it means for the health of the economy and the jobs market. >> and the defense secretary nominee on the defensive. chuck hagel grilled on capitol hill. did he blow his shot to convince lawmakers that he's the right man for the job? >> friday, february 1st, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. breaking news, we start with. two people have died, several people wounded in explosion that has taken place outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey
people have died, several people wounded in explosion that has taken place outside the u.s. embassy in ankara, turkey. chris lawrence joins us from the pentagon. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. not much information right now. turkey authorities are responding to that scene, trying to collect more information. the blast happened just a short while ago, some. news reports out of that area, saw a big flash, heard a big bang. reports of several people wounded near a side gate of the embassy. we're waiting for more information, the u.s., of course, has two major air bases in turkey no, where near the capit capital. soledad. >> thank you, chris, for watching this story. >>> also, we told you just moments ago, the former new york city mayor ed koch has died. he passed away from congestive heart failure. he had really problems with his health over the last many years. mayor koch elected in 1977. he was a judge on the people's court, and he had been hospitalized recent well fluid on his lungs. moved to intensive care yesterday. he was 88 years old. richard socaridies joins us. writer for
to testify about the pentagon's response to the attack on ought consulate. he said the u.s. didn't have enough time to respond. he says it's not like you can pick up the phone and call 911. mike emanuel is on the hill. set the stage for us on this hearing. >> reporter: it's designed to address the concerns of south carolina senator lindsey graham who threatened to hold up the confirmation for chuck hagel, his successor. so what did the president know about the benghazi attack september 11, when did he know about it and what did he do about it? sources i talked to say panetta and others are carrying out the orders of the commander-in-chief. so what were they and how were they handled. expect fireworks. rick: later on this afternoon the president's nominee the head of the cia takes center stage. >> reporter: expect john brenner to get plenty of questions about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques during this time at cia. he left there in 2005. at the white house they are emphasizing brennan's experience. >> mr. brennan brings, i think, not on a vast amount of experience, but a sig
>>> long road ahead. authorities in the u.s. investigate the dreamliner and find its batteries could keep it on the ground for sometime to come. u.s. transportation investigators cast doubt on a quick fix for the problems facing the dreamliner. they say regulators need to rethink their approval of batteries used in the boeing 787. a number of agencies are looking in to a string of safety incidents. deborah hershman chairs. she said a lithium ion battery sparked a fire a month ago on a japan airlines yet in boston. >> this investigation has demonstrated that a short circuit in a single cell can propagate to adjacent cells and result in smoke and fire. >> engineers packaged eight cells together in designing the battery system for the dreamliner. hersman said they did not place them far enough apart so trouble in one of them could affect the others. she said investigators have not determined why the batteries short circuited. another battery fire forced the pilot of a dreamline tore make an emergency last month in western japan. u.s. authorities grounded all 787s. officials at boe
shut for the chinese new year and large parts of the u.s. struggling with extreme weather. >> digging out from nemo, residents and u.s. businesses hope to resume to normal business after mother nature dumped nearly three feet of snow in some areas. >>> and ben affleck's iran hostage drama "argo" picks up the best film accolade. daniel day-lewis wins best actor. >>> we're up for another week. we might do what they did and share the love around. >> i read the reports. we're going to talk about it later. there was no one dominant film. >> i thought it was interesting that "argo" won best picture? it was a great movie, but best movie? really? is that the -- >> "lincoln" only got -- sometimes they're quite clued up. the nominations were very similar. do you think lincoln would do better than it did. >> daniel day-lewis picked up an award. help recap for those of us who didn't catch the whole thing or any of it, frankly, but yeah, britain's big film night. now it's time for the u.s. in a couple of weeks. >> besides that, plenty of other things we're looking at today. another day, another su
>>> they want to snow why another crew locked onto a helicopter. japanese and u.s. officials are urging the chinese to ensure such accidents don't happen again. a chinese navy aimed at a helicopter in mid-january. japa controls the islands. china and taiwan claim them. >> translator: it's extremely regrettable that such a unilateral provocative action has been taken. we will strongly urge the chinese to exercise restraint and not make the situation any worse. >> a spokesperson said she learned about the incident through the media. japanese government officials say the chinese are trying to give the impression they're not behind the incidents. >>> the u.s. defense secretary says it could have had grave consequences. l leon panetta says it could inflame intentions. >> they have to be part of family of nations in that region working gether. >> panetta said the united states, south korea and japan will do everything possible to ensure their territories are secu secure. he called on china to avoid antagonizing other nations. the former secretary of state said u.s. officials oppose
. in a speech last summer, brennen said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into a, quote, shadow of once was. under president obama, the program has used to take out more than 400 targets in pakistan and the middle east. we'll continue to watch that. >>> potential cuts to the defense department budget are causing changes in the military operation. the pentagon says it will reduce the naval presence sense in the persian gulf. the uss harry trumman to head to the gulf has been canceled. defense secretary leon panetta warns under the automatic cuts, pentagon workers could face additional cuts. >>> vice president joe biden choked up after speaking about the recent tragedy at sandy hook. >> when people tell me that you can't prevent these kinds of occurrences, that doesn't mean we can't do something to god forbid if it happens again, diminish the carnage. it matters. it matters. >> biden may have been made an emotional appeal to house democrats last night, urging them to support the oh bam in administration's gun control agenda as the vice president recounted specific examples
's all according to one official. last year they got a memo saying the government can kill u.s. citizens abroad if they're trying to harm other americans. >>> marylanders sound off. the brown gun legislation started off debates today. our ken molestina is live in rockville where a town hall meeting on the issue just wrapped up. what did you find out? >> reporter: well, it was a packed house here at the town hall meeting. of course the lieutenant governor anthony brown on hand to talk about his proposal. and i'll tell you something, just based on my observation, it seems like more people came out to speak against this proposal than in favor of it. >> and by and large, while i appreciate the effort, i do not support the assault weapons ban. >> we applaud the courage for proposing common sense gun laws. >> reporter: both sides of the gun debate showed up to speak directly to one of the men spear heading a new legislation proposal. the lieutenant governor anthony brown. >> we have debate happening in indianapolis. but our goal is to improve the quality of life and to reduce crime. >> reporte
. >>> american spy secrets exposed? iran claims it has hacked into a captured u.s. drone. we have a live report. >>> and, john t is high drama on capitol hit. president obama's big pick for cia director up for con fir make in a few hours. but will members of his own party derail it? >> i don't know. >> lots of drama. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolinment. >> i'm john berman. it's thursday, february 7th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. up first, brace yourselves, bundle up, buy a shovel. this will be a big one. at this moment a blaizzard watc is in effects for new england. a storm is headed that way and could be historihistoric. it could drop two feet of snow in some places and it all starts tomorrow. you told us this was coming yesterday, you were on top of this one. >> we're trying. boston could rival its worst blizzard from 2003 which had 27 1/2 inches. all of this talks about two storm systems coming together. the first one here, notice in the south, all instability, a tornado warming out there for plaquemines parish. this is moving off to the east. we wi
the u.s. mission in benghazi is our topic. testimony on capitol hill has ignited a fresh round of debate today. what's not going away are questions about last year's terror attack in libya after panetta's final testimony yesterday. >> if i were a family member and one of my loved ones was killed in benghazi, i would be sick to my stomach. >> republican lindsey graham declared on twitter the president, quote, has to announce for his leadership on benghazi after panetta and general martin dempsey testified, they spoke to the president only once during the eight-hour attack. >> one time. >> right. >> you talked to him how many times? >> the same one time. >> graham and his republican colleagues repeatedly pressed panetta on why there was no direct follow up with mr. obama after they met in the oval office. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary penta, and said how is it going? >> normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat? >> let me wa finish the answer. we -- we were deploying the forces. he was being kept up to date
, missouri, say the teen was very thin and the country released this video claiming the decoded a u.s. reconnaissance drone planes. it shows the u.s. base inside afghanistan and several other aerial shots. there reportedly drawn lost in december 2011. they insist they captured that missing plane. thethe obama administration hands over to the senate intelligence committee today. a classified document that justifies the killing of americans who are members of al-qaeda. the justice department memo says the u-s government may kill any american overseas. if a high- ranking government official believes they are top operatives for the terror group. the document says the government doesn't need to wait until an attack on america is imminent. the white house is sharing the memo in response to complaints about the secrecy of its drone policy. the obama administration hands over to the senate intelligence committee today. a classified document that justifies the killing of americans who are members of al-qaeda. expected to face. he is also expected to explain his role in the detention and inter
's electric power grid. what about the american water supply? 1,000 spies at work tonight. what does the u.s. do next? brian ross is here. >>> his story. olympic athlete oscar pistorius in court today. tonight, what he says about why he shot his girlfriend. >>> made in america? could the next pope be from boston? meet the cardinal rising to the top of the list. >>> and, the secret of success. how to turn your family into a dynamic, happy team, making sure everyone wins. >>> good evening. a new report tonight lifts the veil on a kind of invisible war. china, unleashing its full spy power on american power grids and the wealth of american manufacturing. a new report even locates this building in shanghai. it doesn't look threatening, but what are they doing inside? and what does it mean for americ america's national security? here's abc's brian ross. >> reporter: the chinese people's liberation army is the biggest military force in the world, with more than 2 million soldiers. but it is the thousand or so in this nondescript building in shanghai that may pose the biggest threat to the u.s. thi
warn that the u-s could &pfall behind its eneeies. jennifer griffin tells us about tte dramatic changes the mmlitary would have to make. make. for the firss time in two years the pentagoo says it aircraft carriers in the persian gull. the u-s-s truman would have left defenseesecretary leon panetta blamed the utback on things will get worse.sot - being a firsttrate power in the world, we'ddturn inno a seconddrate power. that would the president'' top dempseyysayss "... yoo won't finddthis chairman arguing that we need to do more with less. you'll find me arguing &pthat if that happens we need to do less with less." as the u-s and most of its allies decrease theirrdefense spending, its advvrsariee are doing the opposite: in fact russia will surpass u-s defense spendiig in erms of overall perrent of gdp in just pwo years. china is slated to overtake the u-- in 2035.sot jim thomas says: ".. you've seen ouble digit increasss in chinese defense spending for more than 15 should not only give pause to the united states, but it really should be a source of the region as well
of the pond is the snowstorm. it seems like winds, 50 miles per hour. blizzard conditions in the u.s. we know when there's a storm like that headed for the biggest media market frankly in the world, it's probably all you're going to hear about for a while. >> that doesn't mean there aren't other things, too the. >> that's true, in other parts of the world. >> china is ushering in the year of the snake. i'm not sure what that means, but we'll talk about it. should investors brace for a slippery return? i have to say, previous years of the snakes haven't been that great since the big historical events happen. >> maybe we should call it year of the strong. >>> peugeot reveals massive write-downs as reports suggest the company may nationalize. we'll have details live tr paris at 10:10 cet. sxwt latest on the blizzard threatening to bring chaos to the east coast. we'll have the latest from atlanta. >> and are investments as pretty as a picture or a still life? ross, there's been a couple of big auctions here lately and it's always a good gauge of how well people are doing, how hard assets, real pr
against u.s. special operations forces that prompted afghan president karzai to order the removal from wardak province. afghan officials said they have received complaints for the past three months that u.s. forces have arrested nine people who have since disappeared. one afghan villagers said her son was taken away and later found dead. >> my son was taken in his body was dropped under a bridge in the river. one of his fingers was cut off. he was beaten very badly. his body was stolen from torture and his throat was slit. why is the government not listening to our voices? why are they not stopping americans from doing such things? while i wanted to stand to talk with the americans, they pulled me back and hit me in the chest with the but of a gun. i still feel pain here since i have been beaten. you can still see the marks on my chest. >> the afghan government is expected to form a commission of inquiry with the u.s.-led nato occupation force to investigate the allegations. on monday, a nato spokesperson said no evidence of wrongdoing has emerged so far. >> between all allegations of
the u.s. credit rating. it caused political embarrassment. could there be some level of retribution? >> reporter: that's what a lot of people are saying. this is political payback. you downgrade us in 2011. it was bad news for america and the obama administration. now we are going to sue you. this lawsuit implies that all of the blame for the crash should go to wall street, whether it's bankers, brokers, insurance companies, you are to blame, not any blame attaching to politicians. gregg: these credit-backed securities and all kinds of investments that were bundled together, they were hard to discern. that will be s & p's defense. we didn't know and neither did anyone else. martha: we are learning the tour bus involved in that horrific accident over the weekend had a history of maintenance problems. according to federal records the bus failed multiple inspects. as recently as october this bus was slapped with 8 violations. a horrific scene that napped this accident. 7 people were killed, dozens injured. >> reporter: people were screaming as the bus driver lost control saying i'm goi
secrets from u.s. companies and hacking into government sites. >> this is an espionage operation run by the chinese people's liberation army and it's targeting a broad swath of western organizations. >> reporter: among the most troubling targets, american infrastructure sites, including water treatment plants, transportation control centers, pipelines and power grids. >> the only reason you would want to get into the control system for the power grid is to cause damage, destruction and disruption. >> reporter: among the many corporate targets of the chinese hackers, according to u.s. officials, lockheed martin, the country's largest defense contractor and the maker of the f-35 jet fighter. u.s. officials say, not surprisingly, the chinese version of the plane has some distinct similarities. >> it's costing, according to u.s. intelligence, hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of u.s. jobs every year. >> reporter: the white house today confirmed the severity, although not the details, of the chinese cyber espionage. >> we have repeatedly raised our concerns at the highest leve
. tonight, droning americans. the once secret government documents that lays out when it is okay for the u.s. government to kill american citizens. plus, a woman accusing an ex-boyfriend in a last-ditch effort to win over the jury admits she did it. >> did you kill travis alexander? >> yes, i did. >> shepard: stabbed him, shot him, slashed his throat, she admits it all but she says she had a very good reason. plus, world class skier lindsey vaughn badly hurt in a big crash, air lifted right off the mountain. now, questions about whether organizers should have ever allowed this race to go forward. and, the whale that picked a bad spot to surface. >> oh my -- >> shepard: coming up, close encounter in a canoe. but first from fox this tuesday night, stories of sex, lies and the lover's bloody death. tonight, the defendant in a high profile murder trial in phoenix again testified in her own defense. her name is jody areas. she admits now she killed her ex-boyfriend stabbed him and slashed him over and over, shot him in the head and for good measure cut his throat from ear to ear. that was all bac
city. >>> an alarming story overnight. get ready for more hackers of u.s. computer systems. the intelligence community reportedly believes that the united states is the target of a massive cyber espionage campaign. the goal is to gain a economic competitive edge. a newspaper says china is the main threat. >>> coming up after the break -- >> city on edge. >> the manhunt is heating up overnight. >>> later, the pulse. the college students that snuck into the super bowl and filmed the whole thing. >>> welcome back, everybody. gas prices, keep rising. the national average this morning is $3.58 a gallon, up seven cents in the past week and 27 cents in the past month. u.s. oil production is booming rite now. but oil futures are also rising. that's because of distribution problems in the u.s. l.a. is at the highest, $4.10 a gallon. >>> a merge between american airlines and u.s. air ways is pekted this week. they would have 6500 flights day, and nine major hubs. it would be known as american airlines. but it would be run by the ceo of u.s. airways. >>> the economy should shift into
. 360,000 for the week. we're just kicking off right now. the u.s. government issues a new warning for anyone who tries to hack our computer system. this is a big deal. we'll talk about that in a moment. martha: you've heard about this looming automatic spending cuts coming down the pipeline. one week from today they're supposed to kick in. how tough is it really to cut 2 1/2% of the budget? could you pull that off? could you cut 2 1/2% from the hemmer budget? bill: i could, yeah, this afternoon. president obama is talking about his round of golf with tiger wood for the first time now. this is from 2009, this picture. of a the white house took heat for shutting out the white house press corps. did you hear tiger. >> he hit the ball well and got amazing touch. he can certainly chip-and-putt. if he ever spent, after these four years, if he spend more time playing the game of golf, i'm sure he can get to where he's a pretty good stick. new honey bunches of oats greek yogurt and whole grain. here we go. honey cornflakes and chunks of greek yogurt. i'm tasting both the yogurt and the ho
story overnight. get ready for more hackers of u.s. computer systems. the intelligence community believes the united states is a target of massive cyber espionage campaign. >>> alts overnight, we learned two top navy submarine officers have been relieved of duty a month after an accident in the persian gulf. the per scope of the sub collided with a vessel on january 10th. a spokeswoman said the navy lost confidence in the men's leadership abilities. >>> a special honor today at the whois. the medal of honor to former army staff sergeant clinton romesha. he's being honored for a battle that killed eight americans. he served two nours iraq. >>> coming up, a region still on alert. >> the man hunt heating up overnight. >>> familiarity "the pulse",the college student who is snuck into the super bowl and filmed the whole thing. >>> welcome back, everybody. gas prices, keep rising. the national average this morning is $3.58 a gallon, up seven cents in the past week and 27 cents in the past month. u.s. oil production is booming rite now. but oil futures are also rising. that's because of
forces on the high seas that created high tension. >>> u.s. transportation investigators say flawed battery design could be behind the problems of the 787 dreamliner as the manufacturer wins approval for test flights. >>> and a new type of bullet train is racing along the rails in japan. the latest has upgrades that enhance safety in the event of an earthquake. >>> i'm gene otani in tokyo. welcome to "newsline". japanese and chinese leaders are locked in a back and forth debate that appears to be going nowhere. china defense ministry issued a statement denying reports that they used fire-control radars in the east china sea. the statement refers to two separate incidents on january 19th. it admits crews on chinese frigate tracked a japanese helicopter because it approached their vessel. in the second case on january 30th the statement says a chinese ship monitored a destroyer that was following it at close range. but the statement denies chinese crews used fire-control radar in either instance pinpoint says officials in tokyo released false reports without confirming the facts with
drone strikes against u.s. citizens. lawmakers are expected to zero on on mr. obama's chief terrorist adviser and what he knew and when he knew it. the tactic faces new recruit any of after release of confidential documents. >>> and there are documents showing drones used to kill members of al qaeda. that brought back after demands of the legal justification for the strikes. late wednesday the white house bowed to growing political pressure and agreed to hand over the documents to congress. >>> senator dianne feinstein said lawmakers should know what brennan knew and when he knew it. she released a statement, it is critical for the committee's oversight function to fully understand the legal basis for all the counterterrorism operation. >> last summer, brennan said the use of drone strikes by the u.s. has turned al qaeda into quote, a shadow of what it once was. under president obama, the program has been used to take out 400 terrorist targets in pakistan and the middle east. >>> potential cuts in the defense department have already faced changes in the military operations. the pentag
. you know, this is a sweeping manhunt. as you said it's extended across california through the u.s./mexico border and through nevada and the latest search has been up in the snowy part of the community with officers following foottracks tracks but so far he's still on the loose. police say helicopters equipped with infrared light searched through the night for christopher dorner. they say he's now hunting his former colleagues. >> the streets will be full of patrol cars. >> reporter: the heaviest search is taking place in the mountain community of big bare, california. dorner's burned out truck was found there thursday afternoon and a door-to-door search is under way. >> we're going to head back down closer to where we live and keep our family safe. >> reporter: dorner posted a manifesto on his facebook page where he vowed to get revenge for being fired in 2009. >> dorner is considered to be armed and extremely dangerous. >> reporter: outside lapd headquarters officers here are taking the unusual step of patrolling their own headquarters in case dorner att
the attack u.s. ambassador chris stevens was worried about safety in libya. >> we never received a request to do, so number one snopa any ta argued that benghazi was just one of many u.s. outposts receiving threats. >> u.s. military has neither the resources nor the responsibility to have a firehouse next to every u.s. facility in the world. >> the white house has provided few detailser the president's actions the night of the benghazi attacks. panetta revealed he briefed him of the attack but the two did not speak again that night. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states didn't call you, defense secretary panetta, and say, how's it going? >> normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat? >> let me finish the answer. we were deploying the forces. he knew we were deploying the forces. he was being kept -- >> i hate to interrupt you but we've got limited time. >> the president was well aware of what was going on. make no mistake about it. >> it's a sign that the president was disengaged. panetta says he and others were in t
a new study about seafood sold in the u.s. found about 1/3 of the seafood is mislabeled and you wouldn't have a clue. fox 5's will thomas is here with the warning for consumers. >> it was a two year study. a conservation group out of d.c. called oceana analyzed about 1,200 seafood samples from nearly 700 retail outlets in 21 states. the group study shows nearly 90% of the time you think you're buying snapper, you're actually given something else. tuna was also on the list. about 60% of the samples were identified by a dna analysis as something other than what was on the label. in many cases less desirable and cheaper species were sold. here's some of the findings. sushi bars led the way in mislabeling your fish. you're more likely to get an honest catch at a grocery store. some of the mistakes are likely honest because a lot of fish looks and even tastes the same and keep this in mind. there are health concerns at stake here. tilefish, for instance, which can have a high mercury content can be dangerous for pregnant women. that was sold in some cases as red snapper. we spoke with the a
in 3 youngsters in the u.s. don't get that chance, prompting president obama to propose expanding the nation's public education system to help them. >> if you're looking for a good bang for your educational buck, this is it, right here. >> reporter: the plan could cost up to $10. 5 billion per year by one estimate. it's a bill obama says should be split between the federal and state governments. >> it's expensive. when you're talking about young children, you have to have very different ratios than you do in k-12 education. >> reporter: many of the nation's top economists, including several here at the university of chicago, say the cost is worth it. preschool for all, especially low income kids, can mean big savings for taxpayers down the road. >> we get a r cents on the dollar for each year of each upfront investment. >> reporter: economist james heckman says skipping pre-k by kids in poor families comes with a cost, too. >> it reduces crime, a society that's more engaged in a sense of employment and so forth. that's where the economic return comes. >> reporter: only five states
on its nuclear program. they say the nuclear fuel is for energy reactors. the u.s. is concerned that they will produce weapons grade material. let's head to the pits of the cme and phil flynn. >> very little reaction down here. the very first place you want to look is the ti spread. it has spread out to the largest level of the year. it is possible that part of that could be this story. a lot of people did not hold out a lot of hope for the stocks. the direct talks with the u.s., they thought maybe something may come out of that. at least they were hopeful. the rejection, now that obviously looks like it will be off the table. these talks will not do a whole heck of a lot. this comes at a time where they are tightening sanctions even more on iran. we saw saudia arabia, and take if you cannot get enough supply, we will pump a little bit more. melissa: that u.s. productivity fell 2% in the fourth quarter to its lowest level in nearly two years. what does the next day to say about our economic recovery? what do you make of that productivity number? that jumped out at me. >> the mov
of unmanned drones to kill suspected terrorists. as we learn about a top-secret u.s. drone base overseas. >>> storm watch. millions bracing for a blizzard that could start tonight. snow amounts not seen in years. >>> and it was the biggest powerball prize since that $600 million megajackpot. overnight, someone became $200 million richer. >> clearly not us. >>> and fashion police ready to crack down at sunday's grammy awards. >>> and good thursday morning, everybody. they are the not-so-secret weapons of the war on terror. unmanned drones, dispatched to places not safe for u.s. troops. >> under the obama administration, their use has increased. but it's now under serious fire on capitol hill. here's abc's tahman bradley. >> reporter: president obama's pick for cia director, john brennan, could face serious heat from members of the president's own party at his confirmation hearing this afternoon. democrats will likely demand answers about the use of unmanned drones to attack u.s. enemies overseas. brennan is the administration's point person on drones, the man who signs off on the kill lis
perez. >> the u.s. is in the cross hairs. the intelligence community reportedly believes the united states is the target of a mass of cyber espionage campaign. they identified china as the main threat. several reports say apple closing next mobile device may be wristwatch that will perform some of the same functions as a smartphone including messages and pavements -- payments. there's a game that you manage circles to reach a total of 100. it is one of the brainy games on the ipad. >> it is a relaxing game, but is maybe a little hard at work for your brain. >> it's available also on the iphone. [hirring ] [ creaking ] [ male announcer ] trophies a awards lift you up. but they can also hold you back. unless you ask, what's next? [ zapping ] [ clang this is the next level of performance. the next level of innovation. the next rx. the f sport. this is the pursuit of perfection. >> in laurel and beltsville the tub water should start clearing up today. a contractor broken water main on the weekend causing cloudy water and low water pressure. officials say
of this for us. >> the big issue on capitol hill today will be u.s. drones that killed thousands of terrorism but have also taken of more than 300 civilians. k will be obama's picl on the hot seat. republicans and democrats will about theand answers drones.nmanned >> i suggest to you that these against alrikes are ethical and just. >> administration''s the "killigns off on list. gone 700% drones has under the obama administration. has a secret base in saudi arabia. >> if threshold guess too low, will forget how much scar have built up in this country. the white house defends the drones but has agreed to turn thatclassified documents lay out the way the program responds. one document comes directly from justice department that withoutlly says even evidence, american-born .errorists can be killed live on capitol hill, john gonzalez. >> a senate panel has postponed on chuck hagel's to become defense secretary. republicans said they were dissatisfied with information he lastded the panel during week's confirmation hearing. they want more details about his as hiseeches as well business dealings. t
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